Article 15 (2109) – Movie Review

Article 15 is a crime-drama thriller film directed by Anubhav Sinha. The film is written by Gaurav Solanki and Anubhav Sinha. The story of the film is based on the socio-political condition of the country, similar to his previous directorial film Mulk (2018). The film strongly talks about the significance of Article 15 of the Indian Constitution, which prohibits discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth. And how this Article is so important to keep the nation united.

The film is fictionalized but it does take the inspiration from true events, including 2014 Badaun gang-rape and murder case and 2016 Una flogging incident. The film sets in Uttar Pradesh and follows IPS officer Ayan Ranjan (Ayushmann Khurrana), through his investigation on the case of rape and murder of three teenage girls.

The film starts with the villagers singing a folk song about poor and rich, and visuals of their surroundings are shown – unclean, unhaelthy, & underprivileged people striving for daily bread. And in the next shot, the film shows an eagle-eye view of cars running on neat and clean highways, with the western song playing in the background. From that point, I was completely drawn into the film, it is not just a plain thrilling investigative drama, but the director is trying to uncover different layers of its characters and the story it in a really impacting and brilliant way. One more scene in the film I would like to talk about is that the police officer whose attitude towards lower caste people is really bad and who considers them as nothing; And the same officer is shown as caring and feeding to a stray dog. This scene just broke my heart completely, and yes, in reality, such people do exist, this animosity and inhuman nature are among us only.

Article 15 is a film which holds a mirror to our so-called civilized society and compels them to think about these sensitive issues. It is a thrilling and gripping drama. The film focuses on the atrocities, which happen in India in the name of caste and religion. The film also shows the prejudiced mindset of the lower caste people, and how they are stuck in their underprivileged life. The film is educational and informative about the importance of Article 15 in the Indian constitution, And there are a total of 448 different articles. And how bad it is that it takes a film to educate people about a particular Article, as films are considered as one of the strongest media.

The film never holds back in showing the barbaric atrocities happened. The shots are taken as close-up and so detailed that we’ll definitely feel shameful. As a writer and director, Anubhav Sinha has brought excellence to film-making. The background score and cinematography of Ewan Mulligan deserves appreciation. Along with Ayushmann Khurrana, the performances by Manoj Pahwa, Kumud Mishra, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, and Sayani Gupta are amazing. It is not like that the films on these burning topics were never made; This film made me remember Gangaajal (2003) and Aakrosh (2010), but this one is much more hard-hitting and thought-provoking for me, it is raw, real, and more grounded. And I strongly want to make this point that the film is definitely not trying to defame any specific community; the whole community cannot be held responsible for the doings of an individual. From the start, and till the end, the film is filled with the interesting and important conversations, disturbing visuals which will make you miss your heartbeat, and the strong thread of Article 15 which unite us as Indians, firstly and lastly.

Verdict : A must watch for every Indian.

Rating : 4.3/5

Check the trailer here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKOJY0cU63E&t=3s

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